Graham Statement on Parliamentarian’s Ruling on Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON – Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Senate Parliamentarian ruling that Democrats’ proposal to increase the federal minimum wage is an inappropriate policy change in reconciliation.

“Very pleased the Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that a minimum wage increase is an inappropriate policy change in reconciliation.  This decision reinforces reconciliation cannot be used as a vehicle to pass major legislative change - by either party - on a simple majority vote.  This decision will, over time, reinforce the traditions of the Senate.”